# Graeme Wilkin : Morse theory and stable pairs

In the early 1980s Atiyah and Bott described a new approach to studying the cohomology of the moduli space of stable bundles: the equivariant Morse theory of the Yang-Mills functional. There are many other interesting moduli spaces that fit into a similar framework, however the catch is that the total space is singular, and it is not obvious how to construct the Morse theory of the appropriate functional. In this talk I will describe how to get around these difficulties for the moduli space of stable pairs, for which we prove a Kirwan surjectivity theorem and give a Morse-theoretic interpretation of the change in cohomology due to a flip. This builds upon earlier work with George Daskalopoulos, Jonathan Weitsman and Richard Wentworth for rank 2 Higgs bundles.

**Category**: Geometry and Topology**Duration**: 01:34:38**Date**: March 23, 2010 at 4:25 PM**Views**: 151-
**Tags:**seminar, Geometry/topology Seminar

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